Sept. 14th, 2014 – Victoria, British Columbia (VIGolf.ca) – The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View has recently been named one of five Junior Development Centers in BC for the remainder of 2014 and for the 2015 golf season. This initiative was introduced by the Ontario Golf Association in conjunction with Golf Canada to offer juniors and their parents a permanent home, a facility that can take care of their developmental needs from the first time they touch a club all the way through to competitive golf.
provide a clear golf developmental pathway with comprehensive coaching support for golfers between the ages of 5 – 18. These centres create a systematic approach to developing junior golfers which benefits players, families, coaches and golf facilities. The result is a system which provides support to players demonstrating a desire and high level of competency while also fostering the life-long passion for golf as a basic underpinning to the entire programming. Recognized NJGDCs receive numerous benefits, including support from governing golf bodies, official certification, promotion, funding potential and more.
“We are thrilled to announce this association with BC Golf and with Golf Canada in becoming a Junior Golf Development Center.” says Olympic View’s General Manager, Randy Frank. “This initiative aligns very well with our facility and community objectives which include welcoming people of all ages and backgrounds to the club as well as being excellent stewarts here in our area.”
Through Olympic View’s role in growing the game in neighboring schools as well as running the CN Future Links Program the chance to become designated came to fruition. The club’s Director of Instruction, Jeff Palmer, worked with BC Golf and Golf Canada on completing the application this summer. He states,
“I am proud to be designated by BC Golf as a Junior Golf Development Center. Our coaches are all very capable and come from an extremely high level playing background. I believe that we have the tools as well as access to other area health professionals to help in the development of young golfers and to help grow their love for the game and in becoming competitive if that is their goal. I look forward to developing a tremendous entry and competitive stream for young golfers for 2015.”
The Olympic View Golf Club joins other prestigious Academies that have been designated with the Junior Development Center tag such as Glen Abbey and the Granite Golf Club in Toronto. For more information on the Junior Golf Development Center at Olympic View contact Jeff Palmer at the Olympic View Golf Club.